The technical assistance (TA) is to foster more effective infrastructure development in the Central and West Asia (CWA) developing member countries (DMCs) by improving their land acquisition and resettlement (LAR) performance. This will be accomplished by (i) providing a capacity building program to increase the understanding of governments and nongovernment organizations (NGOs) of the LAR aspects of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Safeguard Policy Statement (SPS) 2009 and LAR improvements needed in each DMC; (ii) promoting country ownership of sound LAR; (iii) narrowing gaps between local practice and ADB policy; and (iv) developing procedures and technical tools to prepare and execute better resettlement plans.
|Project Name||Mainstreaming Land Acquisition and Resettlement Safeguards in the Central and West Asia Region|
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Technical Assistance
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Regional integration
|Drivers of Change||Governance and capacity development
|Sector / Subsector||
Energy / Electricity transmission and distribution - Renewable energy generation - small hydro
Public sector management / Law and judiciary
Transport / Rail transport (non-urban) - Road transport (non-urban)
Water and other urban infrastructure and services / Urban slum development - Urban solid waste management - Urban water supply
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming||No gender elements|
|Description||The technical assistance (TA) is to foster more effective infrastructure development in the Central and West Asia (CWA) developing member countries (DMCs) by improving their land acquisition and resettlement (LAR) performance. This will be accomplished by (i) providing a capacity building program to increase the understanding of governments and nongovernment organizations (NGOs) of the LAR aspects of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Safeguard Policy Statement (SPS) 2009 and LAR improvements needed in each DMC; (ii) promoting country ownership of sound LAR; (iii) narrowing gaps between local practice and ADB policy; and (iv) developing procedures and technical tools to prepare and execute better resettlement plans.|
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||The TA is consistent with the ADB SPS 2009 and the 2006 special evaluation study of the Independent Evaluation Department (IED) and supports the ADB Strategy 2020 and the 2005 Paris Declaration agenda. ADB has financed similar TA projects but, except for Pakistan, they never involved DMCs in the region covered by ADB's Central and West Asia Department (CWRD). Moreover, these efforts had mixed results in improving LAR performance as they provided only assessments, recommendations, or draft country policies or policy agendas. This TA incorporates lessons from these past efforts, and focuses primarily on LAR improvements obtainable under existing laws, such as solving administrative bottlenecks, improving coordination, and providing technical know-how.|
|Impact||Effective infrastructure development in Central and West Asia region|
|Description of Outcome||LAR mechanisms and performance in each participating DMC improved|
|Progress Toward Outcome||Outcomes are being achieved. RETA is now fully staffed. LAR capacity within DMCs is improving through the implementation of on the job coaching, training, and development of LAR tools in each DMC. Capacity of executing agencies to manage grievances at project level is being strengthened through improved grievance review mechanisms. The RETA has been extended until August 2018, with the primary focus being support for processing and implementation, which is ongoing in all participating DMCs.|
|Description of Project Outputs||
Country-specific assessment of LAR practice and action plan for capacity building.
Country specific alignment of policy and enhancement of LAR administration and procedures.
Country-specific improvements of technical instruments for LAR.
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)||
Conduct of Country Assessment (CA)
1. CAs have been completed in all participating DMCs except KAZ, where CA requires revision following changes to administrative arrangements, and UZB, where CA needs to be discussed with RETA focal agency and key EAs before it is finalized.
Institutional and Technical Capacity Building Plans
1. Based on the finalized CA reports, ARM, AZE, KGZ and TAJ developed agreed capacity building action plans were developed in 2015 and 2016.
2. In 2014/2015, 28 training workshops were held in AFG, ARM, AZE, GEO, KGZ, PAK and TAJ; and the RETA organized one sub-regional workshop on valuation in Baku, AZE, and a regional review and planning workshop at ADB HQ in Manila. In 2016 and 2017, the training focus changed from formal training sessions to on-the-job coaching via support for processing and implementation. Two workshops were conducted in PAK during 2017, and six in AFG.
3. Technical tools (Guidance Notes) on various aspects of LAR have been drafted for 7 DMCs.
4. Functional grievance redress mechanisms have been developed, pilot tested and agreed in 7 DMCs: ARM, AZE, GEO, KAZ, KGZ, PAK, and TAJ.
5. On-the-job training (OJT) remains an effective component of the RETA 7433, assisting key stakeholders with improved LAR planning and timely delivery of LAR in AFG, ARM, AZE, GEO, KAZ, KGZ, PAK, TAJ and UZB. Coaching provided by RETA consultants to EAs and PIUs under the OJT has included: processing and administration of social safeguards, review and assistance in resolving grievances, delivery of seminars and training, and support to reconnaissance/fact finding/ project review/project completion missions.
1. Difficulty in hiring and keeping consultants, both international and national, with the requisite specialist skills, has been the major contributor to the delay in the TA implementation.
2. Changes to government in participating DMCs delays implementation when focal agencies and/or working groups need to be reformed.
3. Personnel turnover in executing and implementing agencies, including safeguard staff, requiring continuous on-the-job training by RETA local consultants.
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design||Stakeholder consultations were conducted during the TA preparation stage.|
|During Project Implementation||TA stakeholder consultations and engagement are ongoing.|
|Consulting Services||93 person-months of international consultants and 396 person-months of local consultants.|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Beauchamp, Michael J.|
|Responsible ADB Department||Central and West Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||CWOD-PSG|
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines
|Concept Clearance||09 Oct 2009|
|Approval||11 Dec 2009|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|PDS Creation Date||16 Oct 2009|
|Last PDS Update||29 Sep 2017|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|11 Dec 2009||-||11 Dec 2009||28 Feb 2014||31 Aug 2018||-|
|Financing Plan/TA Utilization||Cumulative Disbursements|
|5,000,000.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||5,000,000.00||11 Dec 2009||4,366,425.98|
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|Tender Title||Type||Status||Posting Date||Deadline|
|National Resettlement Specialist, AZE||Individual - Consulting||Closed||22 Jul 2017||04 Aug 2017|
|National Resettlement Specialist, GEO||Individual - Consulting||Closed||22 Jul 2017||11 Aug 2017|
|National Resettlement Specialist, PAK (additional)||Individual - Consulting||Closed||22 Jul 2017||04 Aug 2017|
|National Resettlement Specialist, ARM||Individual - Consulting||Closed||08 Jul 2017||14 Jul 2017|
|National Resettlement Specialist, KGZ||Individual - Consulting||Closed||08 Jul 2017||14 Jul 2017|
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